Thursday, March 20, 2014

Legislative Committee Explores Solutions to San Diego’s Higher Ed. Needs

SAN DIEGO - Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Higher Education in San Diego County, will hold an informational hearing of the committee on Friday, March 28th, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM in Rm. 301 of the Mission Valley Campus of Point Loma Nazarene University, 4007 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, 92108.

This hearing will focus on the role of private for-profit and non-profit educational institutions in meeting San Diego’s higher education needs, including addressing issues of access and diversity. Members of the public are invited to provide their perspectives.

“Our first hearing last fall established that we don’t have enough capacity to meet San Diego’s current or future post-secondary needs, especially for minority students” Weber said. “Moving forward, I want to make sure that we have a thoughtful plan to meet the region’s demand for higher education that is affordable, accessible and diverse.”

Testimony provided by California Competes at the committee’s first hearing in San Diego last November noted that the region would need to increase its degree attainment by about 58 percent over the next decade for the state remain economically competitive.

Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), a former faculty member and department chair at San Diego State University, requested the creation of the committee to explore options for addressing the region’s growing demand for post-secondary education, including the possibility of a new CSU or UC campus. The committee will make policy recommendations to Legislature

To RSVP and for more information about the hearing, please contact Assemblymember Weber’s district office at (619) 531-7913.

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